The Names Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 8, what is Volterra unsure of regarding his possible documentary?

2. In Chapter 11, the Keller's, Hardeman and James decide what is the defining characteristic that determines how history books portray rebelling individuals?

3. What is distinct about the writing style of Chapter 14?

4. What puts fear into James as he drives through the Mani in Chapter 8?

5. In the beginning of Chapter 10, David Keller cannot understand why he misses what?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Chapter 14 connected thematically to the rest of the novel?

2. In Chapter 12, why does Owen go to Lake Rajsamand?

3. What prank do the Kellers and James try to play on Hardeman in Chapter 11?

4. What transpires during James' evening with Del Nearing in Chapter 10?

5. What suspicions does James have about Eliades in Chapter 13?

6. What does James Axton learn in Bombay early in Chapter 11?

7. How does DeLillo illustrate James' awkward relationship with his landlord in Chapter 10?

8. How does Owen experience the murder in Chapter 12?

9. What unfortunate occurrence happens to David Keller in Chapter 13?

10. How does Owen look in Chapter 12?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the character of Frank Volterra. What is his connection to the Axtons, and how does he find himself in the search of the language cult? Discuss how DeLillo paints Volterra with a different brush that the other characters. Is he, in essence, a caricature of the temperamental auteur director? How does Del Nearing's attachment to Volterra humanize him to a certain point?

Essay Topic 2

In The Names, Don DeLillo sets up two mysteries that seem at one point to be connected. Write an essay discussing the reality behind both mysteries and how DeLillo juxtaposes them. Which two entities are aware of James Axton, and which one specifically attempts to harm him? What inclinations does he have that either of these entities is on to him? Which entity does Eliades belong to? How the reality behind either entity revealed in the narrative?

Essay Topic 3

The place of America in the international community is a recurring motif in the narrative. How are all of the main characters - James Axton, Kathryn Axton, and Owen Brademas - at the back and call of this place? What new dangers are emerging from the ether in regards to Americans abroad? How is James Axton an operative of America in the hostile international world? How does Eliades represent the opposite, a spokesman and operative for a disgruntled world?

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